Lion Air takes Airbus first-quarter orders beyond 400

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Lion Air's huge deal for Airbus A320-family jets has lifted the airframer's first-quarter net order total to 410 aircraft.

The Indonesian carrier's acquisition - comprising 169 A320s and A320neos, plus 65 A321neos - has been formally recorded in Airbus's backlog.

Airbus has listed Hawaiian Airlines' order for 16 A321neos, but the figures for the three months to 31 March also reveal the cancellation of a single A350-900 destined for a private customer.

The airframer's gross orders for the quarter reached 431, reduced to 410 net.

Airbus delivered 144 aircraft over the period, up from the 131 it had achieved at the same point in 2012. The deliveries included four A380s: two for Malaysia Airlines, one for Thai Airways and one for China Southern Airlines.